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F/Lt. R. W. Oxspring - 66 Squadron

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Robert Wardlow Oxspring was born in Sheffield on 22nd May 1919, the son of a World War 1 decorated pilot of the same name. He joined the RAF in March 1938 on a short service commission and joined 66 Sqn in the December and started operational flying in July 1940, flying throughout the Battle of Britain. His Spitfire X4170 was shot down by Bf109s over Kent on 25th October, baling out with slight injuries (Caterpillar Club Badge). He was awarded the DFC on 8th November. September 1942 saw him awarded a bar to the DFC. Moving to Mediterranean combat, it is thought probable that Oxspring was the pilot who shot down renowned German ace Anton Haffner of JG51 on 2 January 1943. Oxspring led his squadron to be the highest scoring in the North African theatre, and survived his second shooting down of the war, Oxspring was awarded a second bar to his DFC in February 1943. During the war Squadron Leader Oxspring had registered 13 solo kills with 2 shared, 2 probable kills and 4 solo V-1 Flying Bombs destroys and 1 shared. In 1946 he was awarded the Dutch Vligerkruis by Royal Decree of the 31st October 1946 appearing in the London Gazette on 10th January 1947. He was awarded an AFC in January 1949 after leading a team of 54 Sqn Vampires to Canada and the USA, the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic. He retired from the service with the rank of Group Captain, having been Station Commander of RAF Gatow, Germany, in 1968 and settled in Lincolnshire near to RAF Cranwell. He died on 8th August 1989.


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 Bobby Oxspring in his 66 Squadron Spitfire destroys an ME109 of JF/53 Ace of Spades Group, in a high level attack at 30,000 feet above Dover, 18th September 1940. Angels Three Zero by Robert TaylorClick For DetailsDHM2084
Group Captain Bobby Oxspring (deceased)


Latest Allied Battle of Britain Artwork Releases !
 Spitfires of No.616 Squadron, September 1940.  The aircraft nearest is K4330 QJ-G, the mount of Johnnie Johnson.

The New Knights by David Pentland. (P)
 Hurricanes of No.605 Squadron, October 1940.  Aircraft pictured are P3308 UP-A of A A McKellar and N2471 of P Parrott.

Enemy Approaching by David Pentland. (P)
 On 14th June 1940, the first German jackboots were heard on the streets of Paris. Within days France signed an armistice and Hitler could now turn his avaricious eyes north and across the grey waters of the Channel. The island of Britain stood alone and, faced with the threat of imminent invasion, few gave her much chance of survival. Before the all-conquering Panzers could invade, Germany needed to gain air superiority and Goering boasted that his Luftwaffe 'would quickly sweep the RAF from the skies' – how wrong he would be. The Battle of Britain began on 10th July 1940 and for the next eight weeks most front-line squadrons were often flying four missions a day. Totally outnumbered by the Luftwaffe the RAF was close to breaking point by early September, with some units reduced to a handful of pilots and aircraft. Then on 7th September, an over-confident Goering made a fatal error. Believing the RAF destroyed, he changed tactics and the Luftwaffe began bombing civilian targets in London. It was the respite that Fighter Command needed and the tide of battle was turned. Against overwhelming and seemingly impossible odds, a replenished RAF repelled the Luftwaffe and by the end of October it was over. Richard Taylor's stunning painting depicts Mk1 Spitfires from 92 Squadron undertaking a defensive sweep along the Kent coastline against a dramatic backdrop of the white cliffs of Dover, at the height of the battle in September 1940.

Channel Sweep by Richard Taylor.
 A lone Spitfire Mk.1a of 19 Squadron at Duxford awaits its ground crew after a hard day of combat during the intense fighting of September 1940.

Duxford 1940 by Simon Atack.

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 22nd August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. M. Keymer of 65 Squadron, was Killed.
22August1940Feldwebel Josef Bauer of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Feldwebel Wilhelm Philipp of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Generalmajor Theodor Osterkamp of Luftflotte 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22August1940German lossed were 2 ME109's 3 JU88 and 1 ME110 with a further 3 ME109 and one DO215 unconfirmed
22August1940Manston RAF Station bombed at 1910 hours causing the destruction of two hangars and two Blenheim aircraft also makiing the airfield unservicable
22August1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 721 with 412 Hurricanes, 219 Spitfires, 58 Blenheims, amd 26 Defiants and 6 Gladiators
22August1940Oberfeldwebel Hermann Staege of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Oberleutnant Gerhard Schöpfel of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Oberleutnant Hans Krug of JG 26 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Oberst Max Ibel of Jagdgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22August1940Oberstleutnant of the Reserves Harry von Bülow-Bothkamp of Jagdgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22August1940Royal Air Force flew 141 patrols involving 536 aircraft
22August1940Royal Air Force lost 5 Fighters with 2 Pilots Killed
22August1940Spitfire K9909 Mk.Ia , FZ-O, - Shot down by Me109 over Dover. Sergeant Keymer killed.
22August1940Spitfire L1094 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109.
22August1940Spitfire N3221 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
22August1940Spitfire R6695 Mk.Ia , DW-P, - Shot down by Me109 near Hawkinge. Sergeant Corfe ok.
22August1940Spitfire R6708 Mk.Ia , KL-S, - Shot down by Me109 off Deal. Sergeant Collett killed.
22August1940Spitfire R6770 Mk.Ib , NN-D, - Damaged on operations.
22August1940Spitfire R6829 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Ju88 off the Needles. Pilot Officer Beaumont ok.
22August1940Spitfire R6926 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109s over Dover and abandoned. Flying Officer Dundas injured.
22August1940Spitfire X4239 Mk.Ia , RF-J, - Shot down by Me109 near Folkestone. Sergeant Cork ok.
22August1940Unteroffizier Schildknecht of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940Unteroffizier Werner Götting of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
22August1940about 190 German aircraft of which 140 during the day (sunrise to sunset)
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 22nd August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
22August1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. A. Smith of 600 Squadron, was Killed.
22August1942Former Polish Battle of Britain pilot, F/O T. Czerwinski of 302 Squadron, was Killed.
22August1958Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. N. A. Lawrence of 54 Squadron, Passed away.

 

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